Re-orienting TVET Policy Towards ESD
International Experts Meeting, Berlin, 26-28 August 2009
"Quality TVET has a very important role in achieving education for sustainable development"
The International Experts Meeting on “Re-orienting TVET Policy Towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): A Building Block for Education for All (EFA)”, took place in Berlin, Germany, on 26-28 August 2009. It was organized jointly by the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC),Capacity Building International (InWEnt) and UNESCO-UNEVOC.
Building on the results of the March 2009 Bonn ESD World Conference, this international TVET experts meeting aimed to function as a catalyst for the integration of sustainable development focused objectives, themes, strategies and operating procedures into TVET policies, programmes and practices.
The discussions at the meeting, which involved senior level government officials, TVET policy makers, and education officers from the Asia-Pacific Region (namely Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Maldives, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Fiji Islands and Mongolia), focused on the following ESD concerns:
- Creative methods to expand awareness, meaning and scope of ESD through multi-stakeholder dialogue;
- Strategies for inclusion of non-formal and informal learning in the context of sustainable development;
- Means for incorporating ESD in TVET (including the training of leaders in business and industry to form values towards corporate social responsibility); and
- Ways to create greater synergy and networking among representatives of SD-related institutions of governance and learning.
- An increased understanding of the importance of TVET for ESD in line with the goals of EFA;
- A set of lessons from leading practices in ESD;
- Plans for further advancing TVET for ESD; and
- Study visits of relevant institutions and industries in Germany.
- Sri Lanka
- Sri Lanka
- Innovative Practices in TVET for ESD: German Experience - Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mertineit, Institute for Environmental Protection in TVET, Hannover, Germany
- TVET for the second half of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development - Ms Naing Yee Mar, Programme Officer, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Bonn, Germany
- Major Challenges in Integrating Sustainable Development in TVET – Prof. Dr. S. Majumdar, Director General, Colombo Plan Staff College, Manila, Philippines
- TVET in ESD, InWEnt - Dr. Harry Stolte, Head of Division - Modern Media and Development of Vocational Training Curricula, InWEnt, Bonn, Germany
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